By Kevin Williams
The lean years of the Great Depression definitely impacted Amish cooking by steering an already frugal culinary tradition even more in that direction. More recently, the Great Recession reinforced a minimalist cooking style among the Amish. This is an old, but very simple recipe, that comes from an Amish woman in Adams County, Indiana. This is dish could be doubled and tripled depending on the size of the family you are trying to feed (and their appetites). But if you look closely at this dish, it is pretty well-rounded and, for an Amish cook, economically. Chances are the cook would have homemade noodles on hand (if you don't have a recipe, this is a good, easy Amish one). There would be potatoes on hand from the garden or bulk food center, tomatoes would be home-harvested and beef would be home-canned and ready to go.
- 2 cups of sliced potatoes
- 1 cup of canned beef
- 3 /4 cup of noodles
- 3 /4 cup of tomatoes
- Cook potatoes, beef, and noodles about half hour.
- Add tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes.
- Salt to taste.